Pelvic Girdle Pain

While pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy is common, you don’t have to put up with it

If you have pain in your hips, groin area, buttock or lower back that makes routine things like walking, getting dressed and rolling over in bed uncomfortable, then you have a pregnancy-related condition that affects up to 40% of pregnant women – pelvic girdle pain.

Other common symptoms of pelvic girdle pain include:

  • Groin pain or pain at the front or back of the pelvis
  • Pain when sitting or standing for extended periods
  • An increase in pain as your activity level increases
  • Pain when getting into or out of a car

While this type of pain is common, it isn’t normal and you don’t have to put up with it.

How can we help?

Physiotherapy can relieve your symptoms and prevent the pain from worsening, which it is likely to if you do nothing.

The right exercise and postural awareness with or without a support garment will also help you recover much faster after the birth of your baby.

What to expect

Following a physical assessment, your Physiotherapist will design a personalised pelvic health program designed specifically for you. The program will include:

  • Advice on how to modify your activity while pregnant to reduce pelvic girdle pain.
  • A simple exercise program designed to strengthen and tone your abdominal, hip and pelvic floor muscles.
  • A recovery program to follow once you have given birth to prevent a relapse of your pelvic girdle pain and help you return to normal activities.

Your individualised plan may also include the use of tape or a supportive belt to help stabilise and support your pelvis.

Don’t put up with pelvic girdle pain during your pregnancy. Contact us for an appointment with one of our Women’s Health Physios today.